Majek Fashek, Nigerian Musician

 

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Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek, has been called Bob Marley ( whom  he strongly resembles vocally). He is one of the pioneers of Nigeria reggae music. He was born in Benin City to a Yoruba Father and Edo Mother.

Majek first came to prominence in the 1980s as a member of Benin Based group called Jastix. The group included Nigerian music stars like Ras Kimono and Amos McRoy Gregg. They toured for many years with fellow reggae group The Mandators.

In 1988, shortly after Jastix disbanded, Majek began a solo career and quickly became the best-known reggae artist in Nigeria.His song “Send Down The Rain” was a national hit, and he won six US-based PMAN Music Awards.     In 1990 Majek was  signed to Interscope Records and released the critically acclaimed album Spirit Of Love, produced by “Little Steven” Van Zandt. Flame Tree released The Best of Majek Fashek in 1994. He has recorded several albums for various labels since, including Rainmaker for Tuff Gong (1997) and Little Patience for Coral (2004).

In 1992 he appeared on the David Letterman show for his US Network Television Debut where he performed his song ‘So Long’ ( video below)

 

 
Majek Fashek is one of the increasing number of African artists to be drawn to the music of the Caribbean, specifically reggae, rather than indigenous hybrids such as fuji, jùjú,[8] or highlife. Having grown up in a fervently religious and musical family, he was exposed to the imported sounds of Bob Marley at an early age, alongside the innovations of local stars such as Fela Kuti.Fashek’s major influences are Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, and Jimi Hendrix.

Majek, the Rain maker, has been battling with drug addiction in the last couple of years.

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